Washington, DC – Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced that he has been appointed to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the 115th Congress. In addition, he will continue to serve on the House Education and Workforce Committee.
“I understand that our transportation is failing the Bay Area, and that we need radical and immediate change. It is an honor to join the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. As the former Chairman of the California State Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, I look forward to continuing to fight for needed investments in our infrastructure systems to improve safety, reduce congestion, and create millions of good paying jobs. The Transportation Committee is expected to have a full agenda in new the Congress, including a robust infrastructure bill and addressing aviation and surface transportation needs. I am excited to get right to work on these and other innovative solutions that will help strengthen our economy, make us more competitive, and ensure transparency and accountability in state and local infrastructure projects,” said Congressman Mark DeSaulnier.
“Congressman DeSaulnier brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge, experience and accomplishment to addressing the nation’s urgent transportation and infrastructure needs,” said Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of the Bay Area Council. “Congressman DeSaulnier understands how critically important our transportation and other infrastructure are to growing our economy. He focuses on solutions and getting things done. He will be a great champion for California and for our nation in fighting for the investments that are so badly needed to keep our country and our economy moving.”
“Mark has been a longtime champion of improving transportation in the Bay Area. His appointment to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure is a win not only for Contra Costa County for, but for our nation. I am confident that he will bring the same passionate leadership to his new assignment that he has exhibited in the past, and I look forward to finding new innovative ways to partner with him to improve our transit systems for Bay Area residents,” said Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority.
In addition to his time as Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and serving as the first freshman in history to chair the California Assembly Transportation Committee, DeSaulnier brings to the Committee a breath of experience having served as a former member of the California Transportation Commission, a former member of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and the National Conference of State Legislatures Transportation Committee, and for nearly a decade Congressman DeSaulnier served on the California Air and Resources Board.